Police: Foot Fetishist May Be Targeting Children at Paine’s Skatepark

Please, tell your children not to let grown men photograph their feet.

Paine's Park image via Schuylkill Banks

Paine’s Park image via Schuylkill Banks

Paine’s Skatepark is a skateboarding park set next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the Schuylkill River. Naturally, the two-year-old facility is popular with children, and now police have sent out an alert about an incident there involving a grown man and a child’s feet.

According to the Special Victims Unit bulletin sent out on Tuesday morning, the incident in question occurred on May 10th. An 11-year-old boy told police that while he was at Paine’s Skatepark that day, a man approached him and offered to buy him a soda. The catch? The man wanted to photograph his feet.

So, say police, the man did, in fact, photograph the 11-year-old boy’s feet. And the man allegedly asked the boy to return a week later with some other friends that would be up for a Pepsi-for-toe-photo transaction.


Police describe the suspect as follows: black male, 30 to 60 years old, 5’7″ to 6’1″ tall, with acne or a skin condition on his face. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and Army-style green fatigue pants.

If you have any information on this man, call Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251. And if you see him approaching any kids’ feet with a camera, we think you know what to do.

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